Housing provider's partnership sees young people clean up estates
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Around 50 young people took to two estates in Westminster to tidy communal areas and tenants' gardens last month.
The youngsters, aged up to 17, spruced up the Lisson Green and Church Street estates which are both managed by CityWest Homes, as part of a partnership between the social landlord and the Challenge Network (TCN).
TCN’s Big Challenge social action project provides challenges to help youngsters get involved in their community.
Kate Donovan, CityWest's operations manager, said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people give up their spare time to make a difference on our estates. Everyone worked really hard and residents were thrilled with the results.
“Thank you to all the young people and TCN for such a great project. CityWest Homes continues to find new projects and partnerships where we can get everyone involved in their community.”
The youngsters’ hard work was appreciated by tenants who praised them for tireless enthusiasm throughout the day. Mrs Alqinai from Lisson Green said: "Clearing all the weeds and overgrown bushes has made an amazing difference, thank you so much for arranging this. I can't believe how much better it looks as a result of their efforts."
Aimee Ling, TCN's senior assistant programme manager helped to organise the event. She said: “The event was a great success. It was fantastic to see the transformation of the sites following all the efforts of the team. It's been a pleasure to work with these young people. They've been committed and dedicated throughout their Big Challenge. The difference they've made to these areas is just one example of the positive impact these young people have made this summer.”
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